Jacqueline Polverari and Jeff Grant will be the presenters at Albertus Magnus College’s spring 2020 Justice Panel, which is scheduled for Monday, March 23, at noon and at 5 pm in New Haven, CT.

For the last five years, a semi-annual event at Albertus Magnus College has been a presentation by the Pursuing Truth and Justice Student-Faculty Panel, or “Justice Panel,” for short. The Justice Panel is a student-faculty collaboration aimed at addressing contemporary instances of institutionalized injustice. Themes in the past include police-community relations, human trafficking, access to mental health services, the role of the prosecutor, racial privilege and exclusion, immigration policy, racial justice in the NFL, and the status of Puerto Rico.

The Justice Panel lasts one hour, and allows for each presenter to speak, followed by a respondent, additional remarks by the speakers, and comments from the floor. As we wish to include the students in the evening program, the Panel makes two presentations, one at noon for the day students and one at 5:00pm for evening students.

The themes of incarceration and re-entry are intended to branch out to other elements of criminal justice reform and to other topics that bear on justice. For instance, there is an interest on campus in the topics of mass incarceration, restorative justice, and the loss of civil rights by felons who have completed their sentences.

The Justice Panel is open to the entire Albertus Magnus College population and the community at large.

Justice Panel

“Incarceration and Re-Entry: A View from the Inside”
 
Presenters:
Jacqueline Polverari, MSW, Executive Director of Evolution Reentry Service
Jeff Grant, M.Div., Director of the Progressive Prison Project, Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries
 
Respondents:
Cecilia Sebastian, Ph.D. Candidate in German Studies, Yale University
Tracy Bowens, ’19, Masters in Leadership Program, Albertus Magnus College
 
Please note:  This program will be offered twice
 
Monday, March 23, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
(Lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m.)
and
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Atrium, Tagliatela Academic Center
 
To reserve a space please email (akilbride@albertus.edu) or call 203-401-2024 by
March 18, 2020

Sponsored by the Preaching Truth and Justice Panel Committee and the Criminal Justice Program

 

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Jacqueline Polverari, MBA, MSW is the founder and Executive Director of Evolution Reentry Services, focusing on the needs of women who have been impacted by the Criminal Justice System.  Jacqueline has over 25 years’ experience as a professional with proven successes in business leadership, mentoring and therapeutic environments. Her experience working with trauma culminated after spending almost a year in Danbury Federal Prison Camp for Women and observing the trauma women experience related to being incarcerated.  She has since dedicated herself to Criminal Justice Reform and Reentry services with a special focus on trauma and reentry services for women relating to incarceration.  Jacqueline is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, JustLeadershipUSA and #Cut50 and speaks at conferences and symposiums throughout the country.  She most recently designed and hosted the first retreat for women convicted of a white-collar crime in the country in October 2019.  Jacqueline is working diligently to continue her education and has returned to school to obtain her Doctoral Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  For more information or to schedule a speaking engagement you can reach Jacqueline Polverari:  evolutionreentry.com, jpolverari@evolutionreentry.com

Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div. is an ordained minister with over three decades of experience in crisis management, business, law, reentry, recovery (clean & sober 17+ years), and executive & religious leadership. Sometimes referred to in the press as “The Minister to Hedge Funders,” he uses his experience and background to guide people faithfully forward in their lives, relationships, careers and business opportunities, and to help them to stop making the kinds of decisions that previously resulted in loss, suffering and shame.

After an addiction to prescription opioids and serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime he committed when he was a lawyer, Jeff started his own reentry – earning a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a focus in Christian Social Ethics.  He is Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the world’s first ministry supporting the white collar justice/economy exiled community. Jeff is the first person in the United States formerly incarcerated for a white collar crime to be appointed as CEO of a major criminal justice organization.

As an ordained minister, conversations and communications between Jeff and those he serves fall under clergy privilege laws. This is one reason that attorneys often allow and encourage their clients to maintain relationships with Jeff while in active prosecution or litigation situations.